Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith is one of those books that I want to read because I find the idea interesting, but something I’m certain I might end up hating if it’s not amazing enough. Let’s be honest here, the story sounds super cheesy and I can only stomach so much cheese in a novel. That said, I’m really excited to read this book and see where the story takes me. It sounds like a lot of fun, at least, so I have some hopes for it and the book fortunately has a fairly high rating on Goodreads. You see, Field Notes on Love is basically your typical contemporary teen romance, hopefully with a bit of comedy thrown in the mix. Hugo’s girlfriend has just broken up with him, right before what they had planned to be their high school graduation, pre-college train trip across the country. But since the ticket meant for his girlfriend is non-refundable, Hugo decides to offer up the ticket to someone else, anyone else who shares the name Margaret Campbell.
I always feel as though books like this are guilty pleasure reads because the focus is 90% on the romance. And if I do end up enjoying them, I usually do end up with that sort of guilty pleasure response. I typically prefer books that have more to them than the ways in which characters fall in love and I definitely feel like there should be more substance to novels than the romance. But ultimately, sometimes they are pretty good and so I think it’s fair to go ahead and add this one to my TBR.
Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.
When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?
What are your thoughts on this book? Do you think you’ll be adding it to your TBR? Would you prefer not to read it? Let me know in the comments!